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Dale A. McNulty Children’s Concert Series:

The Carnival of More Animals

Frenchman Camille Saint-Saëns composed "The Carnival of the Animals" in 1886 and it has been a long-cherished work for children and families ever since. Palm Beach Symphony's unique version, "The Carnival of More Animals," incorporates over a dozen animals that live in Florida. Our boisterous narrator, Forrest Galante, will lead audience-goers on an engaging, fact-based educational journey while visuals of these animals are projected onscreen. Originally composed for chamber orchestra, our new arrangement includes an expansive array of instruments, providing students the awesome opportunity to see the full complement of instruments in a symphony orchestra. Join us for this inspiring STEAM performance!


Saturday, October 7, 2023

2:00pm Animal Meet & Greet with Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

3:00pm Family Concert

Eissey Campus Theater
11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33401

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023 | 9:30am & 11:15am

Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center,
1977 SW College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430

To attend, please contact Vera Valerio at valeriov@palmbeachstate.edu or (561) 993-1161


Friday, October 6, 2023 | 10:30am
The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401


Maestro Gerard Schwarz


Forrest Galante


Camille Saint-Saëns

Lesson Plans for Grades K-2Lesson Plans for Grades 3-5Lesson Plans for Grades 6-8Lesson Plans for Grades 9-12

Sponsored by

Paul & Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Music
McNulty Charitable Foundation
Yvonne S. Boice Trust and Alfred Zucaro
Walter Harper
Eric Friedheim Foundation Inc.
Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation
James H. & Marta T. Batmasian Family Foundation
Maduro & Sons Foundation ~ Henry van der Kwast

Seating Levels

Masterworks Series Subscription


Choose-Your-Own Subscription


Dreyfoos Hall at the Kravis Center

Forrest Galante, Narrator


Forrest Galante was born on March 31st, 1988 in California, but within the first few months of his life moved to Harare, Zimbabwe. He grew up on a productive farm that cultivated luxury alstroemeria flowers, various fruits and was home to a myriad of livestock and wild African animals. As a child, Galante’s favorite pastimes included catching snakes, fishing in the dam, breeding guinea pigs and playing rugby. When he wasn’t enjoying life on the farm, his mother would take him and his sister on safari in the African bush. As one of Africa’s first female safari guides and bush pilots, Galante’s mother took her children to explore some of the most remote parts of Africa, collecting artifacts and observing wildlife. Galante was enthralled by all wildlife and knew he would one day pursue a career with animals. At age 14, Galante was the youngest person to ever lead an international canoe safari down the Zambezi River.

In 2001, Galante’s world was turned upside down when terrible political turmoil in Zimbabwe caused their farm to be seized. They were forcefully evicted from their home in the middle of the night and fled the country of Zimbabwe. With only a suitcase each and a couple hundred dollars, Galante and his family returned to California to the small town of Cayucos, and later Santa Barbara.

Galante turned to free diving and spearfishing as a way to adjust to his new life in California. Over time and as his skills developed, Galante made a name for himself in the underwater community. He traveled to various countries to participate in spearfishing events and today holds six pole spear world records. Along the way, Galante also got certified as a SCUBA dive master, a 100-ton ship captain, and an EMT. In 2009, he graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in biology; special emphasis in marine biology and herpetology.

The year after his college graduation, Galante took a year to travel the world. He visited 46 of the most remote places on earth to work with and photograph rare wildlife. Along his journey, he caught crocodiles, dove with white sharks, photographed venomous snakes, outsmarted a startled hippo, dodged a cyclone, and had countless other adventures—but also was hospitalized multiple times.​

Upon returning to California, Galante pursued a career in high-risk wildlife biology fieldwork, always focusing on animals on the brink of extinction. In 2014, he participated in Discovery’s hit show, Naked and Afraid and scored one of the highest PSRs (primate survival rating) ever on the show. Galante’s hands-on approach to wildlife, passion for nature and extraordinary background eventually led to the development of his own television show, Extinct or Alive, on Animal Planet. The show followed Galante as he travels the globe searching for animals he believes have wrongfully been deemed extinct.

Since 2018, Galante has captured evidence of the existence of eight animals once believed to be extinct. To learn more about his discoveries, read here.

Galante continues to conduct field expeditions and surveys, working not just with believed-extinct animals but also with a wide range of other wildlife. His mission is to inspire and educate people about animals and adventure through the media, including hosting programs on Animal Planet,  on-camera expert interviews, and production of his own wildlife and natural history shows. He also communicates his mission through his active social media presence, with frequent posts to a large following.

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